An Orlando police officer named Omar Delgado, who is regarded as a hero for being one of the first responders to the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting, is being let go partly because he suffers from post traumatic stress disorder.
But he says the June 12, 2016 attack, in which gunman Omar Mateen killed 49 and injured dozens others in what was then the worst mass shooting in USA history, left him changed.
The Eatonville Police Department told WKMG-TV that the town of Eatonville made a decision to terminate Delgado's employment on December 31.
Colon says he's thankful to Delgado for saving his life. Omar Delgado about $1,200 before taxes in accrued sick time.
The officer claims the department made the decision after a doctor found him unfit to return to full duty because of post-traumatic stress disorder. The nation's oldest incorporated African-American town, known as the home of author Zora Neale Hurston, it has about 2,000 people and a small police department, where Delgado has worked for nine-and-a-half years. On Monday, however, Delgado said he was told he's being let go.
At Tuesday's meeting, Mayor Eddie Cole questioned why funds from the onePULSE Foundation weren't diverted to law enforcement officers and their families but declined to provide additional information about Delgado's dismissal, citing privacy laws.
The department did not confirm Delgado's claim but Deputy Chief Joseph Jenkins said the department reached an agreement with Delgado to end his employment, the Sentinel's report said.
If Delgado had been allowed to work another six months, he would have become vested in the pension system - that would allow for him to collect 64% of his $38,500 annual salary with benefits for life, Town Clerk Cathy Williams told the Sentinel.
"Most of that is confidential, so I won't be able to say anything about that". "But some pictures are bigger than we all know".
Following the Pulse nightclub tragedy, Delgado began to suffer from PTSD and was unable to be on patrol duty.
Colon, 26, was shot three times in the leg and his bones shattered as desperate club-goers trampled him in a bid to get out of the club.
Meanwhile, a bill requiring coverage for mental-health treatment in workers compensation insurance for first responders with PTSD advanced Tuesday in the Florida Senate. It may be heard by the legislature in the session beginning January 9. "And who is going to help me?" "I didn't think I was going to be treated this way".
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